Oshawa and Clarington show the lake some love


Summer means sun, sand and recent improvements to the waterfront parks and nature areas in Oshawa and Clarington.

The latest waterfront projects, with more changes being planned still, are part on an ongoing process to create well-used public space along the shoreline of Lake Ontario.

“Two new additions to our waterfront that I’m excited about will be the development of the Ed Broadbent park in Oshawa, which has the Larry Ladd trail running through it, and the planning of a Courtice waterfront park at the foot of Courtice Road,” said Jim Boate, a Durham resident and longtime volunteer on the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail.

Oshawa’s Ed Broadbent Waterfront Park

At Simcoe Street South and Harbour Road, plans are moving forward to create a park with walking paths, green space, rock outcrops, a lookout and a shade pavilion/band stand with stonewall stadium seating. The Ed Broadbent Waterfront Park will have a garden called the “Human Rights Garden” in recognition of the long-serving Oshawa NDP MP’s advocacy for human rights.

“The development and naming of this park commemorates Mr. Broadbent’s legacy and service to Canada and our city and we are excited to see our vision take shape,” Oshawa Mayor Dan Carter said in a press release. “The Ed Broadbent Waterfront Park will be a place where community members can come to reflect, feel inspired and find peace while enjoying the natural beauty of Oshawa’s waterfront.”

Design work is underway before the project goes to construction tender. Construction of the Ed Broadbent Waterfront Park is expected to begin in 2022 with a goal to open the park by the end of that year. Visit www.oshawa.ca/EdBroadbentPark for more details and to provide input.

“This new park located at the entry to Oshawa's port welcomes input from across the city,” Coun. John Gray added. “It will serve as a welcome addition to Oshawa's park system and improve the vista from Harbour Road. I encourage residents from across Oshawa to provide suggestions and feedback.”

Clarington’s Courtice Waterfront

Residents will have easier access to the hidden Courtice Waterfront. The south end of Courtice Shores Drive was closed early this summer for construction to widen the road for on-street parking spaces and build a gravel parking lot for approximately 26 cars. Improving the road surface, and creating both off and on-street parking gives residents better access to the waterfront, Coun. Janice Jones explained.

“I’m really excited to see the work is starting. I’m hoping it is the first step to improving the waterfront in Courtice,” Jones said via email. “It’s such a beautiful, relaxing spot there and hopefully parking will be one less thing to worry about so you can just enjoy the area! I have a big vision of how great the Courtice Waterfront can be and this is just one small beginning step!”

The parking lot is a short-term solution, explained Regional Coun. Joe Neal who championed the Courtice waterfront work. A larger Courtice waterfront park is possible and Neal said he is concerned the controversial Anaerobic Digester planned for South Courtice will be near the future park.

“I intend to keep pushing to get the large waterfront park built,” Neal said via email. “In the summertime, everyone loves to be near water, and this park could become a real attraction for our residents.”